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Upscale Walgreens Coming to Downtown Crossing

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Following the strategy it has used with its New York-based Duane Reade drugstore chain, Walgreens Corp. will open an upscale Walgreens store in Boston's Downtown Crossing next spring, according to the Boston Herald.

The 25,000-sq.-ft. Downtown Crossing Walgreens, located in a former Borders space, will offer customers a fresh food and grocery section, a barrista-staffed coffee stand, a beauty boutique, a sushi bar and a touchscreen mixology assistant, among other things.

Like several of the upscale Duane Reade stores in New York City, the Walgreens will use the building's past life as a bank to create a dramatic in-store design.

“We’re taking buildings like this and trying to bring them back to what they originally were like ... and incorporating our concepts,” Walgreens executive Dave White said during a walk-through yesterday.

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